A Recipe Collection, The Gamble House
From The Docents of The Gamble House, Pasadena, 1987
Completed in 1909 for David B. Gamble, son of the co-founder of Proctor & Gamble, The Gamble House and its interior furnishings were designed by famed local architects Greene and Greene. Today, the Pasadena home is considered one of the most iconic examples of American Craftsman architecture.
In 1966, Gamble’s heirs donated the home to the City of Pasadena with the agreement that the University of Southern California would oversee its preservation and offer docent tours for the public. Since then, every year two USC Architecture students are chosen to live in the house full time and act as its caretakers
Since this is Southern California, some may also recognize The Gamble House from movies. Perhaps the home’s most famous role was as Doc Brown’s house and garage in the 1980s classic Back To The Future.
The Gamble House’s stained glass front door depicting a tree of life is shown on the cookbook’s cover.
This cookbook is the third of at least four community cookbooks published by Gamble House docents over the years, some including recipes that were cooked in the home when the Gambles lived there. This book offers four sections: Appetizers, Luncheons, Picnics, and Gifts. I made the recipe for “Caramel Sauce” that appears in the Gifts section.